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Oceanis 320 model revisions

Dear All,

I have been viewing a Beneteau Oceanis 320 and I have a strong desire to buy this boat, I think she looks great and is apparently an Ideal first boat for coastal sailing.

During further research I have found some very small discrepancies with the boat I am viewing, which I don't believe are a major cause for concern, but alternatively could be used to negotiate a better price, if I have my facts right!? I don't want to go in there 'the big know it all', get shot down and end up paying more...lol... Done that before.

If anyone has first hand knowledge of this boat, or tips and hints on negotiating the price down it would be awesome to hear from you.

1. The boat I am viewing is a 1993 Model Beneteau Oceanis 320 with tiler (as advertised). After looking at the 12 same model boats for sale on yachtworld it becomes apparent that all boats produced after 1990 have wheel steering, the latest one for sale with tiler steering is 1988.

Therefore my questions are; Was this boat produced with a choice of tiler or wheel all through its production life or was the model upgraded to a wheel (if its considered an upgrade) around 1990?

I am asking this because if I am buying a 1988 boat and not a 1993 as advertised I will be after a significant price reduction.

2. Is a wheel considered superior to a tiler? I actually quite like the tiler as this boat has a very small cockpit and it moves out of the way while at anchor, also sat in the boat it reminded me of dingy sailing at school.

3. This one is totally subjective but what kind of price reductions should I be looking at negotiating as a rule of thumb?

This boat was reduced in price by $10k recently so I'm not sure if there is much more to go but I will try, come what may my gut feeling is she is a good boat, which has been well looked after.

Thanks,

Ian
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